Jul 16, 2011 5:30pm PDT
-olds all have a parent who has done multiple tours in iraq or afghanistan. so guess what they like best about the women's team? >> they don't give up. >> reporter: it's their hallmark says espn analyst judy fuady, a member of the 1999 team. >> to show courage and the will to persevere when everything is against you will be their legacy if they can win this game on sunday. >> reporter: but the americans have already achieved one big victory. they're regarded not just as world class women's players, but world class soccer players, period. >> the women are now being appreciated for their skill as athletes. >> reporter: skills they hope will bring home the cup. nbc news, frankfurt. >>> that's "nbc nightly news" for this saturday. i'm lester holt reporting from new york. see you tomorrow morning on "today" and right back here tomorrow evening. "today" and right back here tomorrow evening. good night. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
Jul 18, 2011 2:05am EDT
. general david petraeus hans over nato command in afghanistan did morning to his replacement, lieutenant general john allen. petraeus leaves the region during a sensitive time. >>> general motors announcing a $300 million investment today, bringing encouraging news to michigan's auto industry. the money could go into a at all-size truck factory in flint. >>> this morning's rush hour should be normal in los angeles. a bridge removal project along the infamous 405 freeway was completed sooner than expected over the weekend. shocking. >> was that much ado about nothing? >> yes. >> really, everyone just kind of went nutty on this whole thing. >> but they did so much media coverage beforehand, i think that's what saved them. >> good preparations. >>> for his final act harry potter turned everything he touched into gold. >> the final movie in the franchise took in a record $168 million in the u.s. this weekend. here's t.j. winick with the story. >> you're a wizard, harry. >> reporter: ten years. eight films. $6 million in ticket sales. harrrr potter has cast a spell over an entire generation.
Jul 17, 2011 5:30pm PDT
's 170th infantry brigade in afghanistan held its breath on every kick. while around the world, this was the cheer. >> usa! usa! >> usa! >> reporter: in new york's times square. >> they've got the guys rocking the women's jerseys. it feels really good. >> reporter: suburban los angeles. >> i look up to every single one of them. >> reporter: and this frankfurt sports bar where ex-pats and tourists stood for the national anthem. in the twitter verse, thousands of fans tweeted support including justin timberlake, lance armstrong and president obama who watched the game with his family. while in frankfurt, dr. jill biden and chelsea clinton represented the white house. a former soccer mom herself -- >> you must be so excited! >> reporter: -- biden thanked the parents of the team. >> it's the moms and the dads who are behind their children and who get them to where they are today. >> reporter: it was not the ending america hoped for. but for some, it was still satisfying. >> whoever wins, i'll be happy, to be honest. >> reporter: now, japan won the cup and plenty of hearts here in g
Jul 18, 2011 4:00pm EDT
united a divided country. rallied around the flag and these women in new york. los angeles. afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangela calhoun led her friends and family from hidelburg in the classic cheer. of soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> as the nfl and the nba have been locked out, baseball is going through the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something that americans can see and really feel proud of these women going out there, and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup. by defeating the number one ranked team in the world. i'm ann thompson in frankfurt. now back to you. >>> and the team's flight expected to touch down in washington later today. >> that was a heartbreaker.
Jul 18, 2011 7:00am PDT
commander has taken control in afghanistan, general john allen 140,000 american troops in the country. taking over for general david petraeus who is set to run the cia. handover comes as violence hits an all-time high. three more troops were killed today. >>> and now, to the jubilation in japan, sure we were all saddened by the u.s. women losing in the world cup final, in a penalty shootout. if any nation deserves to feel the pride that follows such a momentous win, it's japan. >> reporter: we're out here in one of the busiest districts in tokyo. all day we have been hearing spontaneous chants of japan. it has been four months since that devastating earthquake and tsunami killed 25,000 people. but today, japan finally has reason to celebrate. team japan's v vtory capped an emotional run for the perennial underdogs. for the players, this was much more than a soccer game. alalg the tsunami-ravaged coast, renewed hope. nervous fans packed sports bar into the early hours. fans celebrated in the streets. some were just too emotional to speak. in team captain homare sawa's hometown, elation
Jul 18, 2011 7:00am PDT
and these women in new york, los angeles, afghanistan. and here in frankfurt. where tangelo calhoun led her friends and family from the u.s. garrison in titleburg in the classic cheer. soccer, long an international favorite, enthralled america in what's been a miserable summer for sports. >> the nfl and the nba have been locked out. baseball is going with the roger clemens' mistrial. and this is something americans can see and feel proud of these women going out there and playing for the purity of the sport and winning. >> reporter: but the champions would be japan, a country still reeling from an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. a victory that came in the middle of the night, and gave a weary nation a reason to celebrate. even in japan, few people thought their team would make it to the finals, let alone bring home the cup by defeating the number-one team in the world. ann? >> anne thompson, thank you very much for your report. i'm glad you got all of that team usa paint off of your face. that's good. >> i was in the newsroom yesterday watching, trying to get work done. at moments
Jul 14, 2011 3:00am PDT
in afghanistan. he mosted a video asks mila kunis to go to the marine ball with him. first she said yes and then took it back. mila has a scheduling conflict. she will be filming two movies in november and can't go. but she says she will still hang with him another time. >> do you think that's better or worse, hang with him another time, go to a movie or something like that. you don't think this is happening. you think she is not. why do you think she's not? >> i think that she probably doesn't feel comfortable going on a date with this guy she never met before. and she seemed a little pressured into it by her co-star, justin timberlake. >> now let's see what j.t. says. another marine corps post ad video asking justin timberlake to be her date to the event. she even had a facebook page for it. here is her proposal. >> so, justin, you want to call out my girl mila? i'm going to call you out and ask you to come to the marine corps ball with me in washington, d.c. if you can't go all i have to say is cry me a river. >> that was good. now justin timberlake is in a tough spot. he kept nudgin